Rapper behind beloved song is community hero
Journalists, politicos and well-meaning fans have long waited for this day. The Alan Kelly Rap, the song used by Tipperary man in his MEP bid of 2009, has been found.
It was an instant classic. Lines like "His opinion isn't outdated like lino in kitchens and women like to say he looks like Brian O'Driscoll" prompted quotes like this from Labour's press office:
""The song instantly became an internet phenomenon when it was released ahead of the 2009 European elections. The rap song is one of the first ever political raps and the first of its kind in Ireland."
However, the tune vanished from the internet last year and sparked a search for answers.
We even tried to get the subject himself to join our efforts.
It was all to be in vain. After several attempts to contact the rapper behind the track, which won big at the Digital Media Awards, it all died down.
We received the following message from a mysterious overseas source one evening.
Understandably, our hearts were set aflutter. After carefully negotiating the release of this hip-hop masterpiece. We re-released it to the world at 10.30pm Wednesday, February 3rd as the General Election kicked off.
Twitter went ballistic.
Brilliant work to find the Alan Kelly rap.. We thought it had been erased from history!— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) February 3, 2016
"Ak47 In Da House" https://t.co/UV4nhQS7Ld
Favourite Alan Kelly Rap line? https://t.co/UmL9CIDySv— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) February 3, 2016
Best. Thing. Ever. https://t.co/PIj64x8fPW— Martina Genockey (@martinagenockey) February 3, 2016
However, the real hero of this piece is GMC Beats, the rapper behind the song. The Cork-based rapper is a hard-working community group and school worker and deserves a tonne of credit for it.
He isn't linked to the Environment Minister or any political group.
In fact, GMC (real name Garry McCarthy) says his rap workshops, which educate schoolchildren and youth groups about social issues, have received funding from the likes of The Secret Millionaire in 2013 and he's taken to the road to spread his message to groups across the country producing gems such as: